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Europeans confirmed in Masters field

Molinari brothers earn place at Augusta event

Posted Dec 21, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Augusta National

Europe’s elite golfers will be out in force at the 2011 Masters at Augusta after 91 players were confirmed for the tournament with spots still open for the event which takes place from April 7th to 10th.
The latest Europeans to qualify are the Molinari brothers from Italy as they currently sit in the top 50 of the world rankings – all of whom are invited to the tournament.
It means that Francesco, ranked 15th, and Edoardo, three places back in 18th, are confirmed for the field for the 75th edition of the prestigious competition.
There are other ways of qualifying for the competition too. The top 16 from the last Masters automatically qualify meaning world number one Lee Westwood, who was runner-up this year and his fellow countryman, Ian Poulter, who finished tenth, will be at the event in Georgia in April. Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez also makes the cut under this criteria.
Meanwhile, Northern Irish duo, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy will also be taking part. McDowell qualifies after winning the US Open at Pebble Beach this year while a third place finish at the Open Championship was enough to confirm McIlroy’s participation in the event.
Luke Donald, Paul Casey and Justin Rose will also be at Augusta after all finishing in the top 30 players on the US PGA Tour money list whilst Martin Laird will be in action following his performance at the Tour Championship.
Essentially, this means that Europe’s top golfers will be out in force as they try to wrest the green jacket away from Phil Mickelson, the 2010 winner, who will be looking for a fourth Augusta title.
Tiger Woods, without a win in the last 10 majors, will be hoping to get his season off to a flying start following a shabby 12 months. He will be desperate to win his fifth green jacket but I fancy a European win in 2011.
I think the European’s have raised their game dramatically over the past 12 months and they will be eager to win the one that everyone wants. The Masters is perhaps the most romantic major, played on the same course each year and it’s the one the pros want to win.
I’m hoping for a Westwood victory but I think it could be either McIlroy or Donald that could take it this time. Whatever happens, it promises to be a fantastic event as always.

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